What You Can Do:
"To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover and a bee."
Learn to keep your own bees, or help educate others about bees. Our local bee clubs also use membership dues to support bee research and legislation efforts.
Plant Bee Friendly Flowers:
The more gardens we have full of bee-friendly plants, the healthier our bees will be.
Partners for Sustainable Pollination http://www.pfspbees.org
University of California - The California Garden Web http://ucanr.org/sites/gardenweb
Urban Bee Gardens http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/
The Great Sunflower Project http://www.greatsunflower.org/
The Theodore Payne Foundation http://www.theodorepayne.org/
UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven http://beebiology.ucdavis.edu/HAVEN/index.html
Plants of the UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven http://hhbhgarden.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Honey-Bee-Haven-plant-list-May-2014.pdf
Cooking with Honey:
Check the internet or recipe books you already own for more recipes using honey.
The Honey Association http://www.honeyassociation.com
National Honey Board Made with Honey Interactive Websites
National Honey Board http://www.honey.com/nhb/recipes/
National Honey Board Newsletter:
Northhamptonshire Bee Club:
Buy Local Produce:
Produce raised locally was probably pollinated by local bees. Check out the Farmer's Markets in your area. If you are in or around LA County look for our LACBA members at local Farmer's Markets /honey-bee-products/. Here's a list of Farmer's Markets in Los Angeles County: http://www.laalmanac.com/agriculture/ag00.htm
Join Bee Friendly Farming:
Your membership and donations help plant bee forage throughout the state. Partners for Sustainable Pollination http://www.pfspbees.org/
Support Bee Friendly Legislation:
Find out what the local ordinances in your city are regarding bees and apiaries, and help change them if needed.
Other ways you can help:
Help track the Pulse of our Planet!
We need your help to track the pulse of our planet. Through the USA-NPN’s Nature’s Notebook, citizens across the nation are providing data on plants and animals.
People like you — gardeners, farmers, birders, hikers, anglers, joggers, or all-around nature enthusiasts — are already recording the recurring events they see in the lives of the plants and animals around them. This includes when cherry trees or lilacs blossom, when robins build their nests, when salmon swim upstream to spawn, or when leaves turn colors in the fall.
For more suggestions on how you can help:
University of Minnesota suggestions on How You Can Help: http://beelab.umn.edu/About/index.htm
University of Minnesota Public Courses: http://beelab.umn.edu/Education/Public_Courses/index.htm
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle http://www.reducereuserecycle.co.uk/greenarticles/ten_things_to_do_to_help_honey_bees.php
Pollinator Stewardship Council: (Helps defend native and managed bees from the effects of pesticides.) http://pollinatorstewardship.org/
Project Apis m. http://projectapism.org/ (Collects and distributes funding to honey bee research organizations.)
UC Davis Laidlaw Honey Bee Research Facility:
Scientific Beekeeping - Randy Oliver (Through a Biologist's Eyes) http://scientificbeekeeping.com/
University of Minnesota - Dr. Marla Spivak http://beelab.umn.edu/Giving/index.htm
Dozens of other organizations throughout the country are all working on issues relating to the health and sustainability of our bee populations.